Tuesday, January 11, 2000
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the arrest of Child Support Evader, Roger Guest. Guest topped the Attorney General's Child Support Evader List in owing $60,901 in delinquent child support for three children. Guest was arrested this morning in Corsicana for violating the terms of his probation. He had originally been placed on probation by Dallas County authorities in January 1995 for the criminal non-support of his child, but it was revoked in April 1996. He also had an outstanding felony theft warrant in Denton County.
"If you owe child support, pay it. Because if you owe child support and do not pay, you are subject to arrest," said Attorney General Cornyn.
Guest was among the first group of Child Support Evaders unveiled last year. The list includes 10 wanted for failure to pay substantial amounts of court-ordered child support. Investigators from the Attorney General's office followed up on anonymous tip to the Evaders Hotline and located Guest in Corsicana. He was arrested this morning by the Navarro County Sheriff's Department. Guest currently is in the Navarro County jail where he is awaiting notice from the Dallas County courts.
Guest is the fourth Evader to be arrested since establishment of the Evader list. The first Evader arrested was Ricky Earl "Rico" Hall, who was apprehended last July. Hall owes $27,674 in child support for one child. The second Evader apprehended was Mark Miller of Albuquerque, NM, who was arrested last August. Miller owes $49,297 in delinquent child support for one child. The third Evader arrested was Dennis Winston, who was apprehended last November. Winston owes $10,638 in delinquent child support for one child.
For a noncustodial parent to be placed on the Evader List, there must be a court-ordered obligation with delinquent support in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of the parent must be unknown and the parent must not have made any payments in the last six months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare. To make information public, the custodial parent signs a confidentiality waiver and supplies a picture of the delinquent parent.
People with information about the Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline -- 1-800-797-5437, email -- firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail -- Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, TX 78711-2017. When a parent cannot comply with their court ordered child support obligations due to the loss of employment or other hardship, the parent should contact the Attorney General's office at 1-800-252-8014 to make other arrangements.
Evaders still on the wanted list (ranked according to child support owed):
The Evader list is posted on Attorney General Cornyn's web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.
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